Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Girl in the Gallery by Alice Castle @DDsDiary #BlogTour @BrookCottagebks #Review

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Girl in the Gallery by Alice Castle. You can catch my review today along with the chance to enter a fab giveaway! First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Series: London Murder Mystery series book #2
Genre: Cozy Crime
Release Date: 19th December 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…
It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favourite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery.
She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.
Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

I really enjoyed the first book in the London Murder Mysteries - Death in Dulwich it was a strong start and I really enjoyed getting to know Beth. Even though this isn't the first book in the series I thought that it could be read without being confused etc. Events from the first book are mentioned so that definitely helps to set the scene. 

In this story what starts off as a pretty normal day plunges Beth into another mystery. Although I really think she was hoping for a quieter life after the events of the first book. If you enjoy cosy crimes I really think that this book would be a hit for you I love how Beth gets involved even if she would probably prefer to sit back and relax once in a while. She is very determined and I think this makes for a great amateur detective! Alice Castle has written an engaging character who you will root for all the way.

The mystery is intriguing with a few twists to throw the reader off track which made the book all the more enjoyable. I couldn't wait to discover the truth and to find out what exactly was going to happen next. It was great to see Harry and Beth team up again trying to put the pieces together to solve the crime. The story moves at a good pace with bits of new information coming to light at just the right time. Keeping me engaged with both the characters and story I think that it did have a different feel to the first book but this didn't make it better or worse. 

There are plenty of red herrings and secrets in The Girl in the Gallery it really is a great mystery waiting to be solved!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

If you get chance you can catch my review of Death in Dulwich

Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph before becoming a novelist. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, was a European best-seller which sold out in two weeks.
Alice is currently working on the sequel to Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery. The third instalment in the London Murder Mystery series, it will be published by Crooked Cat next year and is entitled The Calamity in Catford. Once again, it features Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.
Alice is also a top mummy blogger, writing DD’s Diary at www.dulwichdivorcee.com.
She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
Alice Castle’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/
Alice Castle is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary

Links to buy Alice Castle’s books: 
myBook.to/GirlintheGallery  myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich

A signed copy of the book 
a £20 Amazon voucher!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Hi Rae, thanks so much for having me on your blog today and thanks for the lovely review, I'm so glad you liked the book! Love your thoughtful and perceptive comments :)

    1. You're most welcome, it's a great series and I can't wait to see what Beth will get caught up in next! x :)